Spanish Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Spanish which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Spanish Classes.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Spanish. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

Grammar Rule

To ask a question in Spanish, simply use one of the 4 interrogative forms:

  1. Starting with a verb: ¿Puede usted leer el libro? (Can you read the book?). Did you notice a ¿ at the beginning of the sentence? In Spanish you need to start the question with ¿ and end it with ?
  2. Verb +...+ pronoun (at the end): ¿Puede leer el libro usted? (Can you read the book?)
  3. Intonation only: You can simply make a sentence interrogative by adding ¿ and ? without changing the structure of the sentence: ¿Usted puede leer el libro? (Can you read the book?)
  4. Adding a tag question at the end: Usted puede leer el libro ¿no? (Can you read the book?)

The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. The table contains 3 columns (English, Spanish, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Interrogative Form in Spanish

Questions Spanish Audio
Why?¿por qué?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Spanish sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Spanish Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?¿Puedo venir?
Can I help you?¿Puedo ayudarte?
Can you help me?¿Puede ayudarme?
Do you know her?¿La conoces?
Do you speak English?¿Habla inglés?
How difficult is it?¿Qué tan difícil es?
How far is this?¿Qué tan lejos está?
How much is this?¿Cuánto cuesta?
How would you like to pay?¿cómo desea pagar?
What is this called?¿cómo se llama?
What is your name?¿Cómo se llama?
What time is it?¿Qué hora es?
When can we meet?¿Cuándo nos podemos ver?
Where do you live?¿Dónde vive?
Who is knocking at the door?¿Quién toca la puerta?
Why is it expensive?¿por qué es caro?


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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Spanish, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Spanish

Misunderstanding Spanish Audio
Can you repeat?¿Puede repetirlo?
Can you speak slowly?¿Puede hablar más despacio?
Did you understand what I said?¿entendiste lo que dije?
Don't worry!¡No te preocupes!
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)¿Perdón?
How do you say "OK" in French?¿Cómo se dice "OK" en francés?
I don't know!¡no sé!
I don't understand!¡no entiendo!
I need to practice my Frenchnecesito practicar mi francés
Is that right?¿Es correcto?
Is that wrong?¿Es incorrecto?
My French is badmi francés es malo
No problem!¡no hay problema!
Sorry (to apologize)Disculpe
To speakhablar
What does that word mean in English?¿Qué significa esa palabra en inglés?
What is this?¿Qué es esto?
What should I say?¿Qué debería decir?
What's that called in French?¿Cómo se dice eso en francés?
Write it down please!¡escríbalo, por favor!


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Daily Conversation in Spanish

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Spanish Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Spanish

English Spanish Audio
In The Morningen la mañana
In the eveningen la tarde
At Nighten la noche
Really!¿de verdad?
Hurry up!¡apúrate!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Spanish about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Spanish Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Spanish homepage.

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